Children get bored easily, so it’s important to have plenty of activities on hand to keep them entertained. Instead of sticking them in front of the television or computer, how about getting creative and doing some art projects? Kids love making and designing things, so for keeping them busy, arts and crafts projects are perfect.
To give you some ideas for fun art projects to do with your grandchildren, I’ve put together a list. Hopefully, your little ones will love these ideas as much as mine do.
Get creative with nature
If your grandchildren love spending time outside, a nature-based art project is perfect. Give each child a bag and ask them to fill it with as many natural materials as they can find - from flowers to pine cones, anything goes.
Once you get home, lay the contents of each bag out on the table. For flat materials, like leaves, flowers, etc., collages are perfect. For items like pine cones, cover them with PVA glue and glitter is a fun and pretty art project. If your grandchildren have collected any stones, these can be used to paint mini pictures on. Or for a less messy alternative, they can be drawn on using felt tip pens.
Make DIY teddies
Learning to sew is important for every child - male or female, and a great way to teach them is by creating DIY teddies. All you need for this is an old towel, dried rice, and a sewing machine or a good old fashioned needle and thread. If you like the idea of using a sewing machine, check out this guide to the best sewing machine for beginners.
Fold the towel in half and get each child to draw their teddy shape on there. Then cut it out, making sure to cut two identical designs out for each child. Lay the pieces back to back so that any ink from the drawing is on the inside, and then sew around the edge, leaving a small hole for the rice. Turn the material so that the seams are on the inside and then add the rice and sew up the hole. For facial features, glue on googly eyes and a nose.
Sew cross stitch bookmarks
A fun and exciting craft for kids is making cross stitch bookmarks. All you need is a couple of pieces of material, needles and thread. Show your grandchild how to do a cross stitch and then draw a template onto their material for them to follow.
This can be a great craft activity, just watch out for anyone sewing their bookmark to their clothes. It might also be a good idea to give your grandchildren bodkins instead of needles - these are thicker and not as sharp.
Make musical instruments
For children who love music, making DIY instruments can be a lot of fun. The great thing about this art project is that it’s super easy to do. There are so many instruments you can make. Get creative and encourage your grandchildren’s musical aspirations.
To make a DIY guitar, all you need is an old tissue box and some rubber bands to use as strings. To make a maraca, all you need is an old juice bottle and some dried rice or peas.
There you have it, lots of fun art ideas for keeping the grandchildren entertained.
Running a house when you have a large family might seem like an impossible feat. If you have kids of all ages to concentrate on, you’ll be left with little time to make sure the house is in good condition. A clean and tidy house is not only practical and better to live in, it’s healthier! You don’t want to end up with poorly kids. Leaving things until they are all on top of you is a bad idea too. You’ll exhaust yourself worrying about the things you have to do, and you’ll barely have time to yourself. The tips in this guide will make sure you have as much time to yourself as possible, while keeping the house in good running order. Take a look and see what you can use to help your family situation!
Get Up Early
When you get up early, you will feel so much better about your day. Getting up early with a plan will allow you to take control of your day and get so many productive things done. If you sleep in, you will get stressed out and may not have enough time to do everything you need to do. Of course this means going to sleep earlier. It can be difficult if you have young children, especially babies to care for. However, if your kids are a little older, it’s definitely worth going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. It’s tempting to use the time after the kids have gone to bed to catch up on TV and maybe even work, but you’ll be too stimulated come bed time. Be smart and wind down an hour before bed!
Do All of the Cleaning Over the Course of a Week
Instead of trying to do one big clean, do all of the cleaning over the course of a week. This might require you to make some kind of cleaning rota, so that nothing gets missed out. Knowing exactly what you need to do on any given day will take lots of the stress out of the job and you’ll barely need to do anything to keep it looking great.
Budget Your Time
You need to budget your time if you’re going to have productive day with a large family. Budget your time just like you would your finances. That’s how seriously you should take it! Write yourself a plan the night before; the time you’ll get up, time you’ll have breakfast, and anything else you plan on doing that day. This will give you a much better idea of whether you’re using your time wisely or not.
It’s OK to be Flexible Sometimes
Sticking to a routine doesn’t have to be a chore. You can have much more freedom by sticking to a routine, as you can make time for other things if you need to. For instance, if you need to go to a doctor’s appointment or plan an impromptu trip to the park, you’ll know how to rearrange things to make them suit you. You still need to have fun and live your life!
Teach Your Kids to Tidy Up After Themselves
Teaching your kids to tidy up after themselves as soon as they are old enough is so important! If you bring them up doing everything for them, they are going to be pretty lazy teenagers. If you have them help you from a young age, then they’ll be better well rounded adults. It’ll teach them valuable life skills! By getting your kids to tidy up after themselves as they go along, you’ll enjoy a much tidier house and a much less stressful life.
Have Some Required Jobs
As your kids get older, you should have some required jobs for them. Required jobs are the kind you don’t give them money or reward them for. If you reward them for every job they do, it doesn’t send out a very good message! Just like bribing them to do a job doesn’t send out a good message. As long as you have some required jobs in place for them, you’ll get things done much faster. They can do things like wash up, dry up, load the dishwasher, sweep the floors, wipe the sinks down, and so on. It might take a few times before they get used to doing chores, but they’ll soon be super fast at doing them and it won’t bother them at all. You’re not their maid, so don’t act like one! You’ll love how they all start to take pride in the home.
Offer Pocket Money for Certain Jobs
but they’ll soon be super fast at doing them and it won’t bother them at all. You’re not their maid, so don’t act like one! You’ll love how they all start to take pride in the home.
Offer Pocket Money for Certain Jobs
e job really is and how old they are. Older children will always want to earn a bit of pocket money, so you could find yourself with a lot more spare time than you thought! Some parents give their children pocket money for nothing, but having them do jobs for it will be better for them in the long run.
Know What to Expect from Certain Ages
Know what to expect from kids of different ages. Obviously teenagers can do pretty much any job set to them. Young children may only be able to sweep up. As long as you get them doing the smallest tasks, they’ll learn a few good life lessons! If for whatever reason you can’t manage to get all of your jobs done one week, don’t worry. Life happens. That’s why you should look at some of the best house cleaning services and bear them in mind!
Get Your Husband Involved
Don’t let your husband sit around while you and the kids do all of the work! Give your husband the odd job to do to make everything go more smoothly too. If he goes to work and you stay home, this doesn’t get him out of anything. Make sure he still cleans up after himself, helps cook dinner, and does what he can to make life easier for everybody. Being a mum is a full time job too!
Prepare as Much as You Can the Night Before
Preparing as much as you can the night before will make the next day much more bearable. You can prepare meals and lay out outfits to name a few things.
Stay on Top of Clutter
Stay on top of the clutter in your home. If something doesn’t make your home beautiful or useful, then get rid of it! You need to be vigilant if you’re going to stay on top of clutter. When you have a large family, a minimalistic design is always your safest bet.
Make Sure You Have Optimal Storage Solutions
Having optimal storage solutions in the home will help to keep all of your kids toys and activities tidy. Some people like to have a toybox or storage box in most rooms of the house to throw stray toys into. This will help if you have a large home.
Do a Load of Washing a Day
Doing a load of washing a day will stop you from having a mountain of dirty clothes build up right under your nose.
Don’t Iron Unless You Have to
Ironing can be one of the chores in the home that takes the longest. But here’s a great tip: don’t iron unless you have to! Kids clothes don’t always need ironing, and you could iron your clothes as you wear them. Some people even have somebody else do it for them, as it is fairly cheap. For the time you could save yourself, it could be worth it!
Deal With Paperwork ASAP
Instead of putting letters to one side and saving them until later, deal with paperwork ASAP. Deal with letters straight away, and any forms that your kids might bring home from school. It’ll help you to have a paper shredder for when you’re recycling paper. You might also want a tray for your important documents that you aren’t sending off right away.
Buy a Calendar
Buy a calender to put all of your important dates on. It can be easy to forget things like after school clubs, groups, and meetings when you have a large family. Write everything down on your calendar and you’ll always have them in front of you.
Create Your Own Box of Useful Things
All mums should have a box of useful things. In this box, have needles, thread, plasters, buttons, and anything else you might need at a moment’s notice!
Make Time for Quality Time
Don’t forget to plan quality family time either. If you spend all of your time doing jobs, you’ll eventually wear yourselves out. Bonding and spending time together is so important, and makes for a happier home!
Are you ready to run a more successful household? Have fun!
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.